Why the UN is a disgrace and an enemy of freedom
Primarily it is about attitude. And that additude translates into action. Forget the words they mumble, consider what they do.
Sometimes, though, the words tumble out and give you a real peek behind the mask. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon did some mumbling the other day which is a prime indicator of why the UN is both a disgrace and a threat to freedom. He spoke about “freedom of speech”. And, apparently learning from Obama, he tries to have it both ways, but in the end it is clear he really doesn’t consider speech a “freedom” or a “right” so much as a privilege that he and others like him get to define and limit:
“Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose,” Ban told a news conference.
“When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.”
“My position is that freedom of expression, while it is a fundamental right and privilege, should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act,” he said.
Note all the caveats and conditions. Who gets to define “abuse”? Where did this right not to be humiliated come from? And since when does that pseudo “right” trump freedom of speech?
I’ll tell you when – when despots so decide it does, that’s when.
And the UN is a collection of despots seeking power, which, thankfully, been mostly denied over it’s history. But in this topsy-turvy world, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them gather more and more over time.
The only person in this scenario who should be disgraced and ashamed is the UN’s Secretary General after those disgusting thoughts were uttered.
The more I watch the utter nonsense that’s going on in this country and the world these days, the more I begin to think that Orwell just missed it by a few decades.